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Old Oct 13, 2009, 11:23 PM
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Supra Pro - Who has one - Tell us about it

The new Supra Pro from Kennedy Composites has been shipping for a couple of months. So some of you must have one. Let's hear what you think.

And if you had a KC Supra prior to this then we REALLY want to hear what you think.
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Old Oct 14, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Sounds like someone is scoping out their next plane.
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Old Oct 14, 2009, 10:13 AM
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I have 2 Supra Pros. I bought them for my son (Little Flyer) to fly in the US F3J team selection trials in Denver last month because the Pro is better for F3J landings. He has been flying the Pro since June.

The quality of fit and finish is consistent with the high levels I have seen with my other Supras. A bonus is the higher degree of prefabrication. The tow hook, v-mount and ballast tube are pre-installed and a removeable 3 piece servo trays is easily installed. The tray is pre-cut to fit JR 368 and should easily fit Airtronics 761s as well. It was easy to increase the cut-out to accomodate a JR 3421 or Z3650 for the stab servo.

In terms of contest performmance, the Pro fuse STICKS on landing without a skeg. It doesn't hurt that it looks cool too.

A new trans red and white Ava Pro (flapped) arrived yesterday. The Supra and Ava have different pods, booms, fins, and so on and they are not interchangeable.

The new translucent white covering on the middle panels looks very cool. Too bad a very cold fall in the midwest may have ended the flying season before I'll have the plane built.
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Old Oct 14, 2009, 01:02 PM
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John,

Thanks for the reports.

I know Chicago gets colder than LI, but I an assure you that there are thermals out there all year long. And I imagine there must be some slope soaring somewhere near the "windy city".
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Old Oct 14, 2009, 03:03 PM
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Is this the color your refering to? Yes it is awesome!!

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Old Oct 14, 2009, 08:29 PM
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Mine has the white on the inboard tip panels on each wing with red tips and red center panel.
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Old Oct 14, 2009, 08:30 PM
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John,

Thanks for the reports.

I know Chicago gets colder than LI, but I an assure you that there are thermals out there all year long. And I imagine there must be some slope soaring somewhere near the "windy city".

It not a question of whether there are thermals, its just too cold to be fun.
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Old Nov 12, 2009, 10:51 PM
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I guess there are not too many of these in circulation yet.
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 08:42 AM
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White center

I had the flapped white center panel and it "REALLY" stands out in the sky..


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I wonder what you think of the strength of the canopy version Supra as opposed to the nose cone version for heavy handed dorkers like me?? Brian
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 09:15 AM
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Jeffrey (Little Flyer) flew the Pro at the Nats and at the F3J team selections. The ground was quite hard in both Denver and Muncie. No problems with dork landings.
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 01:06 PM
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I've built a few of these for customers, and they have improved the kit some too.

pushrods, stab mount, and towhook are already mounted.

comes with a servo tray, that can be romoved so it's easy to get the gear
forward.

love the new pointy nose.

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Old Nov 13, 2009, 11:25 PM
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Looks like a "budget " glider to me!

Ok I have to confess I can't find the differences between a Supra and a Supra Pro. I could not find a Supra Pro on the Kennedy site.
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Old Nov 14, 2009, 04:39 AM
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Yes, it seems that Barry is a little slow in changing over the site.

Supra - Straight, rounded nose
Pro - drooped, more pointy nose for improved landings.

Supra - nose cone
Pro - hatch - because of the new nose shape

Supra - ailerons don't go to end of wing
Pro - They go to the end

Supra - Some assembly required.
Pro - more of a true ARF with less assembly for the buyer.

I am sure there are others. But overall these are incremental improvements, not radical changes. From what I am told, when it is in the air, it is still a Supra, and that says that it is a wonderful and highly competitive F3J class sailplane.
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Old Nov 14, 2009, 01:09 PM
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any pics of the Pro fuse??

Thanks Ed,
I have just completed my equipment building projects. A home built feather cut type system and vacuum bagging setup.
The one step I have been stewing over is the Supra fuse inner part build. I will be doing the lost foam method. I was going to do a balloon over the finished inner pod and form the cone over it. I would have to replace the bits of foam cut away for the inner shape to re-establish the cone shape. But a Pro pod may actually be easier.

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Old Nov 14, 2009, 09:22 PM
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How much longer is the tail boom?
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